A little over a year ago We Are The Ocean released Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow their third studio album. Fast forward to October 2013 and we’re about to see the deluxe version drop. A deluxe album is a clever marketing tool that bands are picking up on to reward fans for their loyalty, attract new fans and fill the gap in between new releases. Deaf Havana and Mallory Knox are two notable bands that have done just this.
Rather than bundling up a package of existing album tunes plus live gig versions WATO have taken this release to a new level. They have teamed up with their producer again Peter Miles (Canterbury, The People The Poet) and headed down to his Middle Farm Studios to lay down some ‘one take’ live tracks with some new arrangements.
They recorded over one weekend ten new versions of their songs, the majority off Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow but also have thrown in Confessions and Now & Then off older releases. I don’t know what it is about adding strings, brass and additional backing vocals to an already great song but it seems to compliment perfectly and adds to the listening experience.
Having had the pleasure of seeing them live twice and being impressed at how tight they were as a unit these ten tracks reaffirm what a quality British band WATO are.
Check out a ‘Live at Middle Farm’ version of Runaway HERE